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Eastman wins Democratic primary for Nebraska's 2nd District

May 16, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Kara Eastman's narrow win in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District primary will give voters a big contrast in November between the liberal Democrat and conservative Republican incumbent Don Bacon.

Eastman's victory early Wednesday over former Democratic Rep. Brad Ashford followed a long campaign in which Eastman billed herself as a progressive political newcomer. Ashford maintained his position as a seasoned moderate who would build relationships with Republicans.

Bacon narrowly won the seat in 2016 from Ashford, a former state senator who served one term in Congress. The race was among the highest-profile contests in Nebraska's primary election on Tuesday.

In the gubernatorial race, GOP Gov. Pete Ricketts and Democratic state Sen. Bob Krist will face off in the general election.

Republican Sen. Deb Fischer will try to earn a second term in November against Democratic Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould.

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